There are some new faces around the Utah Shakespearean Festival these days, and some familiar ones have taken on new assignments and responsibilities.
R. Scott Phillips, who has been associated with the festival since 1977, has assumed a new position as USF marketing director. He'll also direct the newly commissioned play by the late Doug Christensen, "Nothing Like the Sun," a production featuring guest artist Patrick Page in the brand new Randall L. Jones Memorial Theater.Taking over Phillips' former position as public relations director for the festival is Roger Bean, a graduate of Wayne State University and formerly marketing director for the Hilberry Repertory Theatre in Detroit, Mich. Bean also has numerous directing credits and will direct a Southern Utah State College production this spring.
Scott Mooy has joined the festival board as a graphic designer and Suzanne Morris, a nine-year festival veteran, has been promoted to administrative associate for the festival, with Pam Redington as new USF correspondence secretary.
- TWO GRADUATING SENIORS from the University of Utah's Theatre Department, Holly Claspill and Patrick White, have been selected as finalists for the Irene Ryan Scholarship at Festivention '89, the regional American College Theater Festival in Grand Junction, Colo.
Scholarship finalists from the U. have competed nationally for the past three years. Last year, Susan Floyd, then a sophomore in the school's Actor Training Program, won the regional competition. Later, in the national level, ABC-TV casting agent Mari Lynn Henry was impressed with Floyd's performance and consequently created the role of Christine on the network's "One Life to Live" daytime drama especially for Floyd.
"Festivention" activities include workshops and seminars on play-writing, voice and movement, stage combat, auditioning and set design. Students from colleges and universities throughout the Rocky Mountain area gather for the yearly festival/
convention to see one another's work and meet casting directors.
"The Day Room," a new play by Don DeLillo which premiered in the Babcock Theatre last October, was chosen as an American College Theatre Festival participating entry during the Festivention. It competed against two other original plays - one from Boise State University and the other from Ricks College in Rex-burg, Idaho. The winning entry, which will be announced, will be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
"In Limine," an original play by local playwright Robyn Heilbrun, was one of two plays selected to be read at Festivention and it won the playwright competition. It was first produced in the Lab Theatre on the U. campus in January.
- ON CAMPUS - Senior theater student James W. Loder of South Jordan directed the recent production of "Steel Magnolias" at Southern Utah State College in Cedar City, with Roger Wareham of Salt Lake City as stage manager. His cast included Jeanne M. Homer of Sandy and Megan Marshall of American Fork.
- A NUMBER OF ARTISTS from Salt Lake City will travel to Heber City this week to participate in "Arts Awareness Week" at Central Elementary School, including Karen Frank and Robert Martinez, dancers with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company; media artist Louise Fischman, University of Utah Film Studies Program graduate students Todd O'Connell and Rhea Gavry, and voice/per-cussion performers Karen Miller and her husband, Tom Kehoe.
Frank and Martinez will kick off the project Monday, when they'll assist fourth and fifth graders in creating their own modern dance, which will be performed on Tuesday during a school assembly between 1:30 and 2:15 p.m. They'll also conduct a movement workshop for teachers on Feb. 14.
Fischman will begin working with second and third graders Tuesday, including helping them create a mural for the week and posters to hang in the halls during Arts Awareness Week.
O'Connell and Gavry (who is "Arts Awareness Week" project director) will assist first graders in creating their own "cameraless" animation film. Students will draw their own freehand images on clear film, which will then be projected on a screen during the week's final school assembly on Friday.
Miller and Kehoe will conclude the week by assisting fourth and fifth graders in creating their own concert of voice and percussion music. The concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
The performances Tuesday and Friday are also open to the public and parents of Central Elementary students. Admission is free.
In addition to the professional artists working with the students during the week, there will be an art exhibit in the school's media center from the Utah Arts Council's Traveling Exhibition program. The show, "Have You Ever Seen a Rainbow at Night," is comprised of artwork created by Native American children. The exhibit will hang until March 10.
For more information, call Kent Larsen at 654-0112 or Gavry at 654-3730.